Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:

The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, "See, your salvation comes." - Isaiah 62:11

It is Jesus Christ who is the "Yes" to all of God’s promises. - 2 Corinthians 1:20 (GNT)

Two-year reading texts: Psalm 66:1-7; Proverbs 9:7-10:32; 1 Corinthians 15:3-16

Isaiah 62:11 and Psalm 66 both seek to cover the whole earth with God's word and God's praise. Wherever God's people are, God is there. Whatever promise of life God has begun, in every place, for every person, Christ fulfills it.
If you live in this general vicinity,
God loves you.

Thinking of these scriptures, and looking at an image of our planet from space, it strikes me that our human walls and borders and divisions are artificial and temporary. We focus on nations or "peoples," separated by every imaginable little difference. But God sees all people everywhere as valued and beloved children, each created uniquely in God's image.

Rather than walls and borders and divisions, God cares about the well-being of all those people, and about their relationships with God and with each other. The Bible's main narrative is the story of how God has created us for this togetherness, and how, when we get lost and separated and the relationships are strained or broken, God is active throughout the world to find us, bring us back, redeem us, reconcile us, restore us to wholeness.

My prayer today is about all people seeing each other as God sees us, and learning to give up our divisive human ways to seek God's ways instead.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight."
- Proverbs 9:10

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